Army launches bridge at Mumbai’s Currey Road station, railways a girder at Parel

To facilitate the construction of the FOBs, mega blocks of six to eight hours were observed on Sunday on the CR lines.

mumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2018 09:57 IST
Aroosa Ahmed
Aroosa Ahmed
Hindustan Times
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The Army works on the Bailey Bridge, or emergency bridge, being built at Currey Road station, on Sunday.(Samson Tupdal/HT Photo)

Ensuring the timely construction of rail foot overbridges (FOB) , the Indian Army and the Central Railway (CR) successfully launched the bridge at Currey Road and girder at Parel station respectively on Sunday.

To facilitate the construction of the FOBs, mega blocks of six to eight hours were observed on Sunday on the CR lines.

The Army plans to complete construction of the Currey Road FOB by the end of February, while the CR plans to complete the Parel side of the FOB by March 31.

Work on the FOB being built by the Army at Elphinstone Road station was also undertaken during the block.

The FOB is likely to be completed by the second week of February.

“The girders for the foot overbridge were launched successfully at the Parel station,” said, Sunil Udasi, chief public relation officer, CR.

The railways also completed other maintenance work, including maintaining of the over-head wires, signalling posts and track maintenance, during the block.

Commuters travelling towards south Mumbai faced severe inconvenience, as the local trains were terminated at Dadar station during the block.

“We knew that a block will be operated, but did not expect all stations to be so over crowded. I boarded the train from Mulund station for Matunga, but was not able to deboard owing to the crowd. I had to finally get off at Dadar and walk. There was long queue for taxis and buses as well,” said Sujata Yadav, a Thane resident

Meanwhile, railways had deployed 30 railway protection force (RPF) officials on each platform of Dadar station. Extra traffic policemen were also deployed in order to help commuters board BEST buses and taxis.

Subway between Jogeshwari and Andheri stations to be shut till Feb 6

To facilitate re-girdering work on fast lines of Western Railway, subway number 40 between Andheri and Jogeshwari stations will be shut for traffic until 8 am on February 6.

The machineries and equipments required for the re-girdering work will be placed on the subway, forcing authorities to keep it shut for the vehicular traffic. The subway was closed on February 2 . Vehicles have been advised to take alternative routes such as SV Road and Juhu.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 00:35 IST